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  • Premier Icon Ben_H
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    Conti GP 4 Season 28c – every time for me.

    Premier Icon psling
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    What type of bike (eg MTB, CX, road)? What surfaces is your commute on (eg tarmac, tow path, cycle trail, off road)?

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Just did miles and miles over 3 weeks in Peru on some Schwalbe Marathons. No problems at all. Puncture free.. Great for the road, wouldn’t want to push them in dirt too much.

    tonyd
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    Sorry should have added – they’ll be going on a Pompetamine with an Alfine hub, racks, guards, etc so weight isn’t really a consideration. 32mm would probably be favorite.

    Surface is mostly tarmac, so not so great. Probably at some point there’ll be some light off road but that’s yet to be determined – pending house move so I’m not completely sure of the eventual route, but if need be I can put the SB8s back on for more off road grip.

    tomkerton
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    Schwalbe land cruisers work for me – perfect for poor Tarmac and light off road

    pgh1892
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    I use the marathon plus on my roadbike, they are heavy for road tyres but hearing glass crunch beneath my wheels or hitting a pot hole in the dark doesn’t fill me with dread anymore, I didn’t notice a difference in speed but im not the world’s fastest, great tyres in my opinion, the reflective sidewall is good for dark night’s too, about to go out for a ride now, cue flat tyres

    cardiac
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    I have marathon plus, they weigh about 1kg each. I still manage 16mph average on my pompetamine town bike. No worries of flats and they are comfortable. I have 35c on my pomp.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Marathon Plus is a good tyre, lasts forever and laughs at punctures but they’re heavy and a bit speed sapping… Just replaced mine with a set of Kojaks which still have puncture protection but weigh about a third as much, it’s like taking the brakes off. But I don’t believe for a second that they’ll prove as tough.

    tonyd
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    Just bought a commuter, it has SB8s which will be good for exploring new routes to work when we move but meantime I’m thinking I might put some more road oriented rubber on there.

    I’m a fan of Schwalbe and have read good things on here about the Marathon Plus IIRC, would be looking at 32mm

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/schwalbe-marathon-plus-smartguard-city-tyre/

    Thoughts, recommendations?

    Thanks

    samuri
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    Marathons here. Great on the road, fine in mud off-road, fine on gravel.

    Terrible on ice.

    tonyd
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    A kilo for marathon plus?!

    Premier Icon irc
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    A kilo for marathon plus?!

    Just about – 940g

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/schwalbe-marathon-plus-smartguard-city-tyre/

    Marathon Supremes are half the weight and still virtually puncture proof. One puncture in 3000 miles for me on tour this spring – 700×37 Supremes. The 26×2 Supremes on my commuter/shopping bike have never punctured.

    steve_b77
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    I ran conti ultra gator skins in London, great tyres in 28mm. Never got a puncture in 3 years riding 22 miles a day

    robbo76
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    I use conti gator skins for commuting i have never had a puncture in two years

    Losidan
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    I used conti city contacts for ages with no punctures. Onroad, canal towpath and some rocky off road. They were the dogs.
    On Road i use gatorskins and they are cracking too. Only had one puncture in a year and that wqs only due to me going stupid round a corner and smacking a stuck up flagstone really hard.

    mulacs
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    Conti GP 4 Season 28c – every time for me.

    /\ this

    Premier Icon steveoath
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    Marathon plusses here too.

    For ice, get the spiky version 😀

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    Vittoria Voyager Hyper.

    37c, puncture protection, folding bead, less than 400g, reflective sidewall and exceptional grip. Currently for sale at On-One for £20 each…less than half price.

    tonyd
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    Ah yes, I was trying to remember which you’d said Martin, thanks.

    Good info so far folks! I’ve also been running conti gatorskins (23c) on a 35 mile round trip commute on my road bike. No punctures other than a snakebite last week when I hit a rock in the road at 30mph! Scared the bejesus out of me I can tell thee.

    Edit: Those vittorias might be worth a punt at half price

    tonyd
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    Hmm one thing – is there enough clearance on a pompetamine frame to run 37mm tyres and mudguards? I can go and measure, but just in case anyone knows off hand.

    tonyd
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    Bump for the morning crowd.

    Vittorias (from On One anyway) are too big, max 35mm clearance on the Pompetamine.

    Marathon Plus looking favorite at the moment I think:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/schwalbe-marathon-supreme-folding-road-bike-tyre/rp-prod78427

    Followed closely by the Gatorskins (although these are much cheaper and I know they wear well):

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/continental-gatorskin-road-bike-tyre/rp-prod18800

    I think 32c is going to be a good size for me.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    Gator skins are bloody lethal in the wet.

    Premier Icon stratman
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    I’m on Conti 4 seasons 28c. Only had 2 punctures, both pinch flats, one bad enough to ding the rim. Otherwise absolutely fine

    Premier Icon richmars
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    Schwalbe land cruisers

    Also work for me, used for about 10 months, about 2200 miles, off and on road.
    Just had my first punctures, 2 in 2 days, one a huge nail (rear), second a lovely piece of flint (front). I think most tires would failed with the size of these bits.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Conti GP 4 Season 28c – every time for me.

    Work well for me.

    Roll well and are sturdy enough for bridleways etc. shrug off potholes and glass.

    Two punctures in a year: one from a fishing hook and another from a massive shard of glass. I don’t think many tyres would have survived those without running slime etc.

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